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Vaccine ; 40(16): 2370-2378, 2022 04 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1773835


Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyopneumoniae, Mhp) are two of the most common pathogens involved in the porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC) resulting in significant economic losses worldwide. Vaccination is the most effective approach to disease prevention. Since PRRSV and Mhp co-infections are very common, an efficient dual vaccine against these pathogens is required for the global swine industry. Compared with traditional vaccines, multi-epitope vaccines have several advantages, they are comparatively easy to produce and construct, are chemically stable, and do not have an infectious potential. In this study, to develop a safe and effective vaccine, B cell and T cell epitopes of PRRSV-GP5, PRRSV-M, Mhp-P46, and Mhp-P65 protein had been screened to construct a recombinant epitope protein rEP-PM that has good hydrophilicity, strong antigenicity, and high surface accessibility, and each epitope is independent and complete. After immunization in mice, rEP-PM could induce the production of high levels of antibodies, and it had good immunoreactivity with anti-rEP-PM, anti-PRRSV, and anti-Mhp antibodies. The anti-rEP-PM antibody specifically recognizes proteins from PRRSV and Mhp. Moreover, rEP-PM induced a Th1-dominant cellular immune response in mice. Our results showed that the rEP-PM protein could be a potential candidate for the development of a safe and effective multi-epitope peptide combined vaccine to control PRRSV and Mhp infections.

Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae , Pneumonia of Swine, Mycoplasmal , Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome , Porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome virus , Viral Vaccines , Animals , Antibodies, Viral , Epitopes , Mice , Pneumonia of Swine, Mycoplasmal/prevention & control , Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome/prevention & control , Swine
COVID ; 2(1):5-17, 2022.
Article in English | MDPI | ID: covidwho-1580968


Human coronaviruses (HCoVs) are associated with a range of respiratory symptoms. The discovery of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-CoV, Middle East respiratory syndrome, and SARS-CoV-2 pose a significant threat to human health. In this study, we developed a method (HCoV-MS) that combines multiplex PCR with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS), to detect and differentiate seven HCoVs simultaneously. The HCoV-MS method had high specificity and sensitivity, with a 1–5 copies/reaction detection limit. To validate the HCoV-MS method, we tested 163 clinical samples, and the results showed good concordance with real-time PCR. Additionally, the detection sensitivity of HCoV-MS and real-time PCR was comparable. The HCoV-MS method is a sensitive assay, requiring only 1 μL of a sample. Moreover, it is a high-throughput method, allowing 384 samples to be processed simultaneously in 30 min. We propose that this method be used to complement real-time PCR for large-scale screening studies.

Sens Actuators B Chem ; 351: 130897, 2022 Jan 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1458630


The rapid and accurate diagnosis of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) at the early stage of virus infection can effectively prevent the spread of the virus and control the epidemic. Here, a colorimetric and fluorescent dual-functional lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA) biosensor was developed for the rapid and sensitive detection of spike 1 (S1) protein of SARS-CoV-2. A novel dual-functional immune label was fabricated by coating a single-layer shell formed by mixing 20 nm Au nanoparticles (Au NPs) and quantum dots (QDs) on SiO2 core to produce strong colorimetric and fluorescence signals and ensure good monodispersity and high stability. The colorimetric signal was used for visual detection and rapid screening of suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection on sites. The fluorescence signal was utilized for sensitive and quantitative detection of virus infection at the early stage. The detection limits of detecting S1 protein via colorimetric and fluorescence functions of the biosensor were 1 and 0.033 ng/mL, respectively. Furthermore, we evaluated the performance of the biosensor for analyzing real samples. The novel biosensor developed herein had good repeatability, specificity and accuracy, which showed great potential as a tool for rapidly detecting SARS-CoV-2.